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Blazers rally past Gaels

April 11, 2003|by JACK HILL III

CLEAR SPRING - Six was the magic number for the Clear Spring softball team Thursday.

The Blazers put their offense together during the bottom of the sixth inning and proceeded to score six runs, overcoming a 7-6 deficit to top the St. Maria Goretti Gaels, 12-7.

Clear Spring junior shortstop Tawnya Blair reached base four out of five times, including twice during the Blazers' decisive six-run sixth inning. Blair, the leadoff batter, scored three runs and drove in one for Clear Spring (2-3).

"We just came together as a team," Blair said. "We wanted to win. We haven't been hitting the ball lately, so I guess today was our pump-up day. We have some good hitters. Once a few of our hitters start to hit the ball, then it seems like everybody starts to hit the ball."

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Blair led off the Blazers' half of the sixth with a walk and then stole second, moved to third on a wild pitch and scored on an RBI double by Krysta Scriever. Scriever took third on a passed ball and came home on an RBI single by winning pitcher Jamie Poffenberger. Poffenberger went to second on a wild pitch and scored when her younger sister, Jordan, singled to right.

Jordan Poffenberger moved to second on a groundout and took third on a wild pitch. After Lindsay Fiedler walked and stole second, Jordan Poffenberger scored when Ashley Keeney reached on a throwing error. Keeney stole second and went to third on Kayla McCarty's grounder that knocked in Fiedler. After Laci Faith walked, Blair singled to left to drive in Keeney to cap the Blazers' rally.

Jamie Poffenberger fired a three-hitter with six strikeouts in seven innings to get the complete-game win for Clear Spring. She helped herself out by reaching base all four times on three RBI singles and a walk.

"I think that we just started to come around with the good baserunning in the sixth inning and we combined that with the key hits," Clear Spring coach Rich Poffenberger said. "The bats seemed to come around a lot more today. The defense was pretty good, too. There is improvement in every game."

Gaels pitcher Elena Prieston struck out nine batters in six innings. Prieston also ripped two hits for St. Maria Goretti (0-6).

"The girls have done a good job considering from where I started three years ago," St. Maria Goretti coach Sandi Michaels said. "The experience is starting to show and there has been much improvement."

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